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Paedophilia is an illness NOT
a crime, says cardinal just
days after papal conclave

Daily Mail [UK], by Anna Edwards

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 3/16/2013 12:07:30 PM

A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not ´a criminal condition´. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio 5 live that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody ´who chooses to do something like that´. Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week,

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That is really shocking to say the very least. It sounds like something someone from the ACLU would say.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/16/2013 12:13:41 PM     (No. 9228185)

The headline misrepresents what he actually said.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chatham, 3/16/2013 12:29:21 PM     (No. 9228207)

Utter Nonsense.
"The skulls of Bishops Pave the road to Hell."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 3/16/2013 12:37:20 PM     (No. 9228223)

Just wait for it. A ´respected´ British ´psychological´ journal a year or so back - fielded very much the same proposition, with the codicil that they weren´t altogether convinced there was actually anything ´wrong´ with ´loving children´.

As we enter the ´new millennium´, where ´society´ demands we ´respect alternative sexual lifestyles´ - and insists - beyond *any* supporting evidence whatsoever that ´sexual orientation is ´inherent´ rather than ´choice´ - it´s gonna´ be pretty damn hard to stuff this ´tolerance and diversity´ crap back in the bag...

What the heck...when I show up at the local marriage license bureau with 6 Asian K-pop singer chicks - and they refuse to issue us a license for 7-spouse-polygamy...

Then we can find out how ´tolerant´ the mentally challenged liberals of the world actually are, eh?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: addicted_to_coffee, 3/16/2013 12:44:58 PM     (No. 9228229)

OK, I´ll agree that it is an illness. Chronic and only treatable by lethal injection.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: killerbee, 3/16/2013 12:52:28 PM     (No. 9228238)

I agree it´s an illness, but it results in criminal activity, and so must be punished as such. And, just because someone has a mental illness doesn´t mean you can excuse the aberrant behavior that results from it. You can´t allow pedophile employees in the public school system (of which there are far too many) or pedophile priests continue o serve in any capacity since no one has yet found a way to disrupt their criminal urges.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lt.Mom, 3/16/2013 1:03:03 PM     (No. 9228247)

From sin against God that is rightfully considered to be a crime that is punishable by law; morphing into mental illness that is to be understood by society and treated by psychologists, to the eventual appeal for tolerance by the gradual removing of moral boundaries, and the inevitable demands of complete acceptance. That is how a civilization is destroyed. Moral decay will bring poverty of the soul and of the purse. History tells this story but few believe it while it is happening.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Starfire, 3/16/2013 1:12:33 PM     (No. 9228260)

Pedophilia is an illness. Acting on the symptom (the urge to victimize children) is a crime. We don’t (or shouldn’t) excuse murder because the perpetrator is a sociopath. We shouldn’t excuse the abuse of children because the perpetrator is a pedophile.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pinkpanther, 3/16/2013 1:13:27 PM     (No. 9228261)

The headline is misleading but this is a LIBERAL newspaper, hence taken with a grain of salt. For some reason OP posts quite a few anti-Catholic articles, wonder why that is?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BocaLaura, 3/16/2013 1:19:26 PM     (No. 9228269)

What can you expect from someone from South Africa, a country whose government let stand the idea that having sex with a virgin would cure HIV? It is a country whose government and people stood by silently and inactively for years while its 3 year olds were raped because they surely were virgins.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jlw509, 3/16/2013 1:25:27 PM     (No. 9228287)

Everybody has an inborn inclination to do one sort of evil or another; that´s called "concupiscence," as this Cardinal Napier should know, and it is an innate feature of our fallen human nature.

We are all born with these characer flaws, and it is our responsibility --- with the grace of God --- to overcome them.

If one accepted an exclusively "therapeutic" line on sin and crime as mental illness, one would have to say nobody is responsible for anything, because we are neither responsible for our genetic inheritance nor our early childhood development and environment.

If that´s what Napier meant, then he is rejecting what the Catholic Church teaches about human freedom and responsibility.

IF that´s what he meant.

A desire to seek sexual gratification from children may well be a mental aberration. deliberately toying with the thought -- fantasizing intentionally --- is a sin. And acting on it is a crime.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 3/16/2013 1:25:58 PM     (No. 9228288)

By that sort of thinking, neither is rape; or bank robbery, for that matter...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/16/2013 1:47:49 PM     (No. 9228320)

In the US of A molesting little kids is a crime.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 3/16/2013 1:49:10 PM     (No. 9228322)

I am so sick of the mental illness excuse.

Unless you are totally schizophrenic, that is to put it loosely, a stark raving lunatic who has no idea who he is or what he is doing, "mental illness" is not an excuse for anything.

This is why people distrust the catholic church. This is what gives atheists ammunition against those who truly are spiritual and believe in God.

And number 1, there is no misrepresentation here.

He said:

´From my experience paedophilia is actually an illness, it is not a criminal condition, it is an illness.´


The cardinal spoke of two priests he knew who were abused as children and went on to become paedophiles.
He told the BBC: ´Don´t tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who chooses to do something like that.

Perhaps you want to play some game of semantics. Not me. He said that pedophiles can be fixed and are not criminals.

Dare I say it? To hell with you Pope. You´re just like all the rest of them, sheltering and "helping" these monsters that go after children and then are shielded by the church. You spread absolutely corrupted thinking amongst others who misguidedly look up to you.

My dad was right when he said Catholics are weird. There´s your freaking proof.

Disgusting.



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Reply 14 - Posted by: noproblems, 3/16/2013 1:50:46 PM     (No. 9228325)

#1 got it right. still, adults are responsible for their conduct

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Reply 15 - Posted by: klutkz, 3/16/2013 2:19:44 PM     (No. 9228366)

Reply 7 Starfire is right on the money.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: OhMy, 3/16/2013 2:21:39 PM     (No. 9228370)

The American Psychological Association has taken paedophilia of their list of disorders just as they did 30 years ago for homosexuality. You can expect pedophilia to be the basis of human rights in 30 more years as homosexuality is today. The APA now says it is unethical for their members to agree to treat homosexuality even at the request of the person involved. If paedophilia is off their list why would it be ethical to treat it if as the cardinal says it is a disease. I think John Paul II called it a serious crime which is rightly the subject of criminal laws. I would say that like many obsessive compulsive addictive behavior patterns it is a form of slavery. It is easy to sink into this slavery but difficult to get out of it and the individual is responsible for the overall vice for sure and perhaps more than for individual incidents just like a drunk is responsible for becoming a drunk but less so for each drink he takes.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Gordon Freeman, 3/16/2013 2:22:35 PM     (No. 9228373)

All pedophiles must die.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Opsimath, 3/16/2013 2:30:27 PM     (No. 9228386)

Don´t these clerics ever read the Bible? The Gospels from which many homilies are taught? Evangelists Matthew (8:16), Mark(9:42) and Luke(17:2) all thought it was important to record what Jesus said should to be done to anyone who "offends" a little one. Hang a millstone around the neck of the offender and toss the offender and stone into the sea. The Lord did not speak in nuanced terms on this subject. It was pretty straightforward.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: artman1746, 3/16/2013 2:46:24 PM     (No. 9228409)

No, it´s inborn. Not a choice. And, who knows, there´s probably a gene somewhere that is responsible.

So, we must allow it. We must lower the age of sexual consent to 10 years old. After all, if its a civil right for homosexuals then why can´t it be a civil right for pedophiles? Those who are against sex with children are just old fuddy- duddies from the past Victorian age. They are trapped in the past. Remember when they didn´t think whites should marry blacks? So we should allow pedophiles to marry children. And maybe marry a child and an adult too; and maybe one of each sex. Throw in the house dog to boot. Love is what counts. Why shouldn´t we all be able to marry who we love?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: JustCause, 3/16/2013 2:49:59 PM     (No. 9228416)

Paedophilia is an illness ?

What germ is the cause? Can we vaccinate against it?

I suspect the Pope is laying the groundwork necessary to excuse his or others past discretions. Trying to mitigate the ongoing reprehensible reputation and finances of the church from all the child abuse lawsuits.

I find it disgusting that, once outed, God´s representative, the Priest, the child abuser, wasn´t ex-communicated - he was simply transferred.

Children are the innocent of society. They should remain innocent as long as possible. Paedophils should be locked away - until a cure for the illness is discovered.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/16/2013 2:56:53 PM     (No. 9228423)

#13 - I´m reminded of the words of a song from South Pacific:

You´ve got to be taught before it´s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You´ve got to be carefully taught!


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Scrubber, 3/16/2013 3:06:37 PM     (No. 9228433)

The crimes these animals commit are Not due to pedophelia. For the most part, the priests prey on adolescents. They are not sick. They are homosexual predators looking for easy pickings. As such, they are criminals pure and simple.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 3/16/2013 3:12:43 PM     (No. 9228436)

I don´t argue that many crimes may be the result of some kind of mental illness, but they are crimes nonetheless, and the only thing to do with child molesters/abusers is, unfortunately, lock them away for the rest of their lives. There is too much recidivism to make it likely that more than a couple could be "cured." The more that are gone for good, the fewer children may be abused, and the vicious cycle may be broken.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mamafrog, 3/16/2013 3:18:20 PM     (No. 9228441)

Cardinals should stick to the subject of sin and leave the concept of crime to courts, lawyers and legislatures.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 3/16/2013 3:26:39 PM     (No. 9228446)

If everything is manifested by illness, then nothing is criminal. Therefore, there are no crime or criminals. Only infections and the infected.

Now that that is settled, let´s turn everyone out and live the primitive life of the past.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: franq, 3/16/2013 3:28:08 PM     (No. 9228447)

The Pope didn´t say it!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: subguru, 3/16/2013 3:42:00 PM     (No. 9228459)

They´re not mutually exclusive.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: hammondb3, 3/16/2013 3:51:53 PM     (No. 9228468)

Folks, pedophilia is just the sexual preference that someone is BORN with, just like homosexuality. If you are BORN with it then... then... it must be OK because nobody can be rightfully held responsible for the way they are BORN... right?

And, in a couple of decades, we will learn that murderers are also BORN that way. who has a right to take the life of someone who was only guilty of having been born with a genetic path that HAD to lead to murder?

You say "That´s a stupid post".

I say 40 years ago nobody dreamed that being a drunk, a gambler or a homosexual would be pinned on genetics.

BTW, if being gay is genetic... just how did this trait ever get passed down and why are there seemingly more today than in the past?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 3/16/2013 3:54:26 PM     (No. 9228473)

I stand corrected, Cardinal not Pope. But nevertheless, it shows the same excuses for this thing all the way to the top.

#22. I don´t hate anyone, well, aside from pedophiles. My dad had some experiences with the church that is best not brought up here.

But I stand by my words. People that make excuses for pedophiles are weird, and so is the "flock" that goes along with these "leaders". Such behavior besmirches all of Christianity, and gives ammunition to anti-Christians. It debases us all.

If that offends you, too bad.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: snowcloud, 3/16/2013 4:05:00 PM     (No. 9228486)

An illness that can be fatal, if you mess with my kid.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: FunnyGirl, 3/16/2013 4:37:45 PM     (No. 9228512)

Catholic bashers look for any excuse to demonize the Catholic Church. There is nothing new about that. A Cardinal was quoted or misquoted or taken of context perhaps, but that goes right to the top - just as if the Pope himself said it. And the source is that supreme example of journalistic integrity, The Daily Mail. Y´all can pretend all you like that you don´t hate, but you do.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/16/2013 7:01:55 PM     (No. 9228635)

I believe what Jesus actually said was more along the lines of It is better to be tossed into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck, than to face the wrath of the Almighty for the crime of offending one of His little ones. After what the Lord did to Sodom and Gomorrah, I hate to think what He will do to molesters of His little ones.

Having seen an actual millstone up close and personal just recently, one of those babies would propel you pretty quick to the bottom of the deepest sea. They weigh in at about 800 lbs.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 3/16/2013 7:44:37 PM     (No. 9228673)

Sigh. Tell the victims it´s not a crime, Cardinal Napier.



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Reply 34 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/16/2013 8:02:16 PM     (No. 9228694)

The tendency to medicalize aberrant, criminal, and just plain dastardly behavior is yet another sign of spiritual sickness in modern societies. If individuals wearing clerical robes participate--this headline appears to overstate what the cardinal said--then we´re that much closer to the abyss. In my humble opinion there is no punishment save death meet for a child molestor.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Scribelus, 3/16/2013 8:04:41 PM     (No. 9228697)

If pedophilia is an illness, it is a very serious one. Subject it to forcible quarantine until absolute evicence of recovery.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: squiggle, 3/16/2013 8:16:55 PM     (No. 9228719)

#8 Because they are in the news; I like the posts from the OP--nothing wrong with them.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: tomishere, 3/16/2013 9:05:37 PM     (No. 9228758)

#36 that is the answer.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/16/2013 9:21:36 PM     (No. 9228769)

Re #36 and #38: Even if pedophilia can fairly be called an illness, it´s likely to be an incurable one. Some close friends of mine who are police with decades of experience have told me that for convicted pedophiles the recidivism rate hovers around 100%. Once these people begin preying on children, the behavior permanently twists their brains, and there is no effective cure. One way or another (incarceration or death) they have to be kept in a place where there are no children. Trusting psychology to cure them is an unacceptable risk.

One notorious example would be Penn State´s convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky. Before his sentencing but after his crimes had been reported widely and he was ordered to have no contact with children, he was sitting inside his house with binoculars, watching children play.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 3/16/2013 10:08:43 PM     (No. 9228802)

"Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime"

Only when you are standing alone. Once you act out your insanity on a child, it´s a crime. Ask the boys they raped.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/16/2013 10:39:51 PM     (No. 9228832)

Hey Cardinal, have you never heard of the criminally insane? It may be a mental illness, but they still know right from wrong. They know it is wrong and therefore they are willfully breaking the law. Same goes for other mental illnesses that hurt other people. Rapists know what they do is wrong but they still give in to their impulses. Serial killers...the same. Just because someone has mental illness or deficiency does not excuse them from abiding by the rules and laws of society. And if that person hurts another, they must be removed from society.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/16/2013 10:50:59 PM     (No. 9228839)

Let´s not show our ignorance by trying to equate pedophilia with homosexuality. There is absolutely NO relation between the two nor common ground other than your negative prejudice against homosexuals. Let´s not go there today.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: mickturn, 3/17/2013 11:38:57 AM     (No. 9229390)

Really? SO how many boys did YOU molest?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Bumblebee, 3/17/2013 3:05:01 PM     (No. 9229649)

All sin is an illness. Jesus said when he was criticized for eating with sinners," I came to heal the sick not those who need not a physician"
We all have the "sin gene" and so the homosexuals may be half right in claiming a ´gay´ gene, but does this mean that child molesters have a "paedophilia gene"??? It means that we should not feel so superior as none of us are ´sin free´ but>>>some are to be put away from among us. Liars, theives, assaulters sexual and likewise those who spread disease like lepers?

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Reply 44 - Posted by: LittleRedHen1, 3/18/2013 5:50:26 PM     (No. 9231682)

Was looking for articles on Pope Francis.

Agree that this article was Catholic bashing, which does not excuse the Cardinal´s stupidity. Look to the ridicule over his comments on AIDS. However, he is right, because over the course of a year, condoms have a 1 in 6 user failure rate. The same odds as Russian Roulette. He was also on to something if the standard of morality was what a defense lawyer can use to beat a charge. But if he used the advice he recommended for AIDS, it follows that anyone who enabled a pedophile the opportunity is guilty, because NO should have been the only answer.

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The last rancher in southern Nevada has won his battle to graze cows on public land after a week-long stand off with federal agents. The Bureau of Land Management today said it would stop trying to seize the cattle of Cliven Bundy after armed militia members today continuing to gather in Nevada in a confrontation with federal agents. BLM Director Neil Kornze said: ´Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of

Climate Change Gets Big-Budget
Treatment on Showtime
Wall Street Journal, by Alicia Mundy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:21:22 PM     Post Reply
Climate change is one of the issues at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda, and now it’s getting big budget treatment in Hollywood, at least by documentary standards. A nine-part series called “Years of Living Dangerously” will debut this Sunday evening on Showtime–emphasizing stories “from the front lines” of climate change impact. The first episode, now available online, stars actors Harrison Ford and Don Cheadle, two of the series’ correspondents. “It’s the biggest story out there,” said James Cameron, an executive producer of the series, in an interview. Mr. Cameron, who became one of the most successful men in

Baby-faced killer CLEARED: Nine-month-old
boy accused of planning to murder police
officers in Pakistan freed from court (and
it only took judge a week to decide)
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/12/2014 2:04:55 PM     Post Reply
A nine-month-old boy who appeared in Pakistan charged with attempting to murder police officers has been cleared, following a week-long police investigation. Baby Muhammad Mosa Khan was accused of being part of a ruthless gang of gas thieves who tried to kill police by hurling stones at them during a raid. Last week he was pictured at court in Lahore sitting on his grandfather´s lap, contentedly sucking on a bottle of milk as the charges against him were read out. A Pakistani lawyer said the judge announced the decision after Saturday´s court hearing during which police said it had dropped the charge



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Meet the Clinton shoe-thrower
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NBC Universal, by Emma Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/12/2014 5:03:17 PM     Post Reply
Who throws a shoe? Honestly! That would be 36-year-old Alison Ernst of Phoenix, Arizona, who was charged Thursday night with disorderly conduct by the Las Vegas Police Department after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to NBC News, who spoke with a Secret Service official, the U.S. Attorney’s office has declined federal prosecution. Ernst was wearing shoes on Thursday night when she attended a speech Clinton was giving in Las Vegas, but apparently brought an extra one specifically to throw at the former secretary of state. The official said the incident appeared to be “premeditated.”

Bundy Ranch, the Federal Government,
and the Nevada Water Tipping Point

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American Thinker, by Monica Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 4/12/2014 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Many Americans have been watching with great consternation the ongoing struggle between the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marshals against Cliven Bundy and his family. There are no signs of either side relinquishing their position. Many onlookers have been informed that this dispute is over protecting the desert tortoise. But it is nothing of the sort. In fact, the reality of the dispute goes far underneath what is being talked about. The more appropriate source of the dispute is ground water as well as surface water -- this is a war over water. Cliven Bundy and his

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins
´Range War´ With Feds

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ABC News, by Liz Fields    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/12/2014 3:33:27 PM     Post Reply
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters. Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally. Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone
Pipeline a Cancer Risk

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Breitbart California, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/12/2014 6:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk. Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.” She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer: Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and

Why The Feds Chickened Out
On A Nevada Ranch

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Townhall, by Kevin McCullough    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/13/2014 11:55:18 AM     Post Reply
Let me obliterate a bit of confusion here: the Obama administration attempted to go to war with a rancher in Nevada. Let me amplify a little bit of truth: They tucked tail and have returned home. And let me add a bit of clarity: they had no choice! As the nation began to become familiar with the plight of the family of Cliven Bundy, many of us harkened back to another standoff in which the Federal government attempted to bully it´s outcome: Waco, Texas and the Branch Davidian massacre. It is telling that in the Nevada case the feds pulled out so

President Obama stands by Rev. Al Sharpton
while accusing Republicans of trying
to restrict the right to vote

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New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz & Annie Karni    Original Article
Posted By: Flyright- 4/12/2014 7:02:39 AM     Post Reply
President Obama stood Friday with the Rev. Al Sharpton and accused Republicans of trying to keep millions of Americans from voting, in a fiery speech days after new revelations about Sharpton’s past as an FBI informant. “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told the annual convention of Sharpton’s National Action Network in Manhattan. Obama’s appearance represented a presidential seal of approval of Sharpton’s role as a civil rights activist, amid the new revelations about how Sharpton used a wire to record

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 7:15:31 PM     Post Reply
A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving


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